"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Schedule Tweak

'Tis the time of the year to make adjustments. I am happy to say that for the first time I am just adjusting the schedule to reflect how learning has been occurring rather than trashing the thing because nothing has gone as I planned! :o)

Basically on Thursday I took out the regular stuff we do for Math and Language Arts and replaced them with other stuff in order to ward off the drudgery of repetition. Copywork is from Quotable Saints. Math for Ds#1 is Life of Fred Fractions, while for Ds#2 it will be any of the many living math books we have. I added in Poetry, a sorely missed omission. I have no place for Shakespeare right now so he will remain shelved for the time being (or maybe alternating with Poetry?) We are reading stories from The Book Of Virtues and The Moral Compass with the P.A.C.E. program.

The Monday block time used to be for living Math and Language Arts, now it is for World History as of last night. I have to figure our what we're actually going to do for that!

I found a fabulous web site to upload documents that you can then embed into you blog. Here is my current schedule, viewed through Scribd (click two-toned button on upper right to view full screen):
Our Schedule 2008

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